Mother of Jailed Former US Marine in Iran Pleads With Obama

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The mom of a U.S.-created former Marine accused of espionage in Iran lately begged with President Obama “not to forget” her son’s predicament as the U.S. continues anxious, high level discussions over Iran’s atomic system.
“Amir [Hekmati] was chosen from me almost three years past, falsely accused of being a true spy and sentenced to death,” Behnaz Hekmati wrote in a letter to Obama over the weekend. “That sentence was later overturned because of too little evidence, though nevertheless Amir languishes. It is a historical time for America as well as Iran. I plead you don’t forget Amir, his service, his wonderful smile and his passion for life… Mr. President, the pressure is intolerable, but we persevere – just as I understand Amir is powerful.”
Produced in Arizona, Amir Hekmati, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Iran, was traveling to Tehran in the autumn of 2011 to see his aged grandparents when he disappeared, according to his family. In December, Hekmati unexpectedly appeared on Iranian state television where he “admitted” to really being a secret agent sent by the CIA to infiltrate Iranian intelligence. U.S. officials and Hekmati’s family have steadfastly denied the claims against him.
“My son isn’t a secret agent. My son is not guilty. He is an excellent guy, a decent citizen, a great guy,” Hekmati’s dad, Ali Hekmati, told ABC News soon following the program. “These are all unfounded claims as well as a whole lot of lies.”
Ali Hekmati’s health has been failing for months as he fights with terminal brain cancer, his family says. “He needs only to see his son once again,” Behnaz Hekmati wrote in the letter.
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Hekmati was sentenced to death for the verdict, just after a secret trial in early 2012. He’s been held in an Iranian prison.
Bernadette Meehan, a representative for the White House National Security Council, supported the White House received Behnaz Hekmati’s letter and told ABC News the government remains “concerned in regards to the dearth of due process in Mr. Hekmati’s case” and is saddened by reports of Ali Hekmati’s failing health.
“We encourage Iranian authorities to release Mr. Hekmati promptly so that he may be reunited with his family,” Meehan said in an e-mail.
While Meehan said that U.S. officials do “increase the cases” of Hekmati and two other Americans now considered to be held in Iran – former FBI agent Robert Levinson and American pastor Saeed Abedini – during discussions, it’s done “on the sidelines” and “they’re not discussed in the context of the discussions.”

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